Vote-by-Mail

VBM study buttonVoting by mail is a popular option among California voters, but one that's not without problems. After noticing that thousands of vote-by-mail ballots were being routinely rejected each election, CVF conducted an in-depth, three-county study of California's vote-by-mail process and how it could be improved. That study and report led to new state laws that protect voters and help keep their ballots from being rejected. CVF is supportive of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU challenging California's laws that permit counties to reject voters' vote-by-mail ballots due to mismatched signatures without first giving voters a chance to provide a valid signature.

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Rejection of Mail-In Ballots Raises Alarm Ahead of Election

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ATLANTA (AP) — Drawing on her years of military experience, Maureen Heard was careful to follow all the rules when she filled out an absentee ballot in 2016.

She read the instructions thoroughly, signed where she was supposed to, put the ballot in its envelope and dropped it off at at the clerk’s office in her New Hampshire town. She then left town so she could return to a temporary federal work assignment in Washington, D.C.

After trial run, changes expected for California's vote-by-mail system

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Some California election officials announced Wednesday changes to correct the initial problems with the experimental vote-by-mail system used during the June primary.

Statewide, more than 7 million Californians -- 37.5 percent of California's registered voters -- voted in the June primary. Five counties -- Sacramento, Nevada, Napa, Madera and San Mateo -- used the new vote-by-mail system designed to improve participation. Of those only one, Nevada County, experienced a turnout above 50 percent during the primary.

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